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They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. – Confucius What does that mean? To reuse words from the quote, this is about the only constant in life, and that is change. Everything around us is changing, and even we ourselves are changing. If we are to remain constant in our […]

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Human happiness depends on taking others into account.

Human happiness depends on taking others into account. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote talks about two things at the same time. First, it addresses our personal happiness. It also addresses the happiness of all human-kind at the same time. I read this quote to say that our personal happiness, as a human […]

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The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? This witty quote uses a chiasmus to point out the importance of how something is done. In this case, the subject is schedules and priorities, and which should be driving the other. The phrase ‘prioritize your […]

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If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. – Latin Proverb What does that mean? This quote is another really simple way of reminding us that it is wise to have a PlanB ready, just in case the first idea doesn’t work out. Back in Roman times (and well before), most ships carried […]

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You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? This quote is about the power of time. If you’re going in an undesired direction, you’re going to end up where you don’t want to be. While changing where you are isn’t going to be instant, […]

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I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso What does that mean? Well, that makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? If you don’t know how to do something you don’t have too many options. You can sit there and do nothing, but that’s […]

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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. – Confucius What does that mean? This is another Goldilocks style quote. Neither too hot nor too cold. Neither too long or too short. Neither too wide nor too narrow. Always looking for that which is “just right.” And being just right is what this quote […]

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Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. – Auguste Rodin What does that mean? This quote is near and dear to my heart. I’ve heard it said many different ways, and said it as many more. This quote is about learning from your actions, both what went well, as well as […]

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Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them. – Unknown

Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them. – Unknown What does that mean? This quote reminds us that it takes effort to accomplish anything. Dreaming is a fun pastime. It is a place for our imaginations to take us. However, dreams aren’t real, and never will be. Our dreams […]

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In times of peace, prepare for war.

In times of peace, prepare for war. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote has been around since long before Machiavelli. However, it is very close to passages in The Art of War and in The Prince, and fits with his basic attitude. This quote is also commonly attributed to Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus but actually goes […]

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Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor?

Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor? – Virgil What does that mean? I have seen this quote translated a number of different ways, but basic thrust is the same. They all ask the same question “who cares?” about how the enemy was defeated. Were they defeated by a clever strategy? […]

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It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you.

It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote is a shout-out to all the self-made people of the world. Not everyone starts life with money, privilege, or connections. Some people make their fortunes by finding a need and filling it. For some, […]

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Many have dreamed up republics and principalities which have never in truth been known to exist…

Many have dreamed up republics and principalities which have never in truth been known to exist… – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a Twitter friendly shortening of a fairly long quote: “Many have dreamed up republics and principalities that have never in truth been known to exist; the gulf between how one should […]

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A feeble body weakens the mind.

A feeble body weakens the mind. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau What does that mean? While having a robust body doesn’t guarantee your mind will be equally robust, there are few who have maintained a strong mind while allowing their body to become feeble. Note that I discount from this saying those who suffered accidents or other life-altering […]

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Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. – L. Frank Baum (as spoken by Dorothy in his masterpiece The Wizard of Oz) What does that mean? This saying has become a cultural metaphor in English speaking countries (and perhaps other places as well) which means we are not in a place with which we are […]

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